The Apple House, like the neighboring Mikrokamienica, proves that a small and narrow plot, compact neighborhood, limited building area, or problematic existing trees are not an obstacle in creating attractive and functional architecture.

The Apple House was built in the back of a long and relatively narrow plot of land covered with trees, which we decided to keep, despite the fact that their location made it difficult to develop the investment. Another challenge was to design two buildings on the plot. The first one located in the frontage of Twardowskiego Street is Mikrokamienica, our already known project awarded the SARP 2023 Award of the Year, between acacia and walnut. The Apple House – it is located between a walnut tree and a large apple tree. The compositional arrangement of the end of the plot closes with a cluster of tall spruce trees.

In order to use the investment potential of this difficult-to-develop plot surrounded by intensive urban development, we decided to design a house that would make maximum use of the cubic capacity, insolation conditions and viewing axes permitted by law. In addition, we shaped the functional layout of the house in such a way that the surrounding greenery becomes an integral part of its interior, and the neighboring buildings remain practically invisible.

The purist form of The Apple House is defined by noble materials. The roof is made of graphite sheet metal, the side elevations are finished with graphite bricks, and the front elevations are finished with wood.

The extension of the glazed living area is a roofed terrace, which encloses the aforementioned apple tree in a spatial frame. The tree becomes a part of the house here – a living sculpture, an element of interior design, terrace and garden. It is something like a natural calendar, which, depending on the season, takes on a different color. White spring flowers, green leaves, red apples, autumn golden colors, winter white is an extraordinary spectacle of diversity that the the Apple House gains as a result of the original decision to preserve the existing tree stand.

At BXB studio, we have always placed special emphasis on the relationship between man and nature, which in a special way translates into the character of the created space. Our goal is to constantly search and discover beauty in the surrounding nature. At the same time, creating this beauty in the process of architectural design.

The Apple House

Project: BXB studio Bogusław Barnaś
Team: Bogusław Barnaś, Justyna Duszyńska, Urszula Furmanik, Magdalena Fuchs, Mateusz Zima, Kamil Makowiec, Anna Hydzik, Anna Mędrala, Kinga Żuk, Marzia Tocca, Paula Wróblewska, Maros Mitro, Anna Velcheva, Eva Allerhand, Miquel Alberto, Raquel Astasio Luna, Magdalena Fuchs
Film: Unique Vision Studio Rafał Barnaś
Photography: Piotr Krajewski
Location: Kraków
Date: 2016-2022
Building area: 125 m2
Usable area: 360 m2
Client: Private

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